How To Make A Resume By Jeremy Cyrus 07/17/2012
Not sure where to begin with making a resume? Resumes are fairly simple and only include a few relevant sections, which makes it relatively easy to learn to write one. You'll begin with your name and your contact information—that's easy enough. You'll then need an Objective, a section on your Education, another section for your Skills, and then your Work Experience. The entire resume should be no longer than 2-3 pages if you can manage it. A one page resume is perfectly acceptable. Longer resumes are no good—hiring mangers just throw them out most of the time since they take too long to read.
Don't make your name or your contact information too big. A lot of people think they need to select a huge font size, but you don't want to do this; it wastes space and looks unprofessional. Go one size bigger if you go bigger at all, and feel free to boldface the information. From there, go straight to your objective statement. This will express in one sentence or two what you wish to accomplish (getting a particular job, presumably). Stay succinctly why you want and deserve the job.
Your next section can be your Education, Skills or Work Experience—it doesn't much matter what order you write the sections in. The Education section should be short, and include your degree, highest level of education, GPA, and any awards you may have won. If you were in an honor society, name it in this section. Also write down any concentrations you earned within your major.
Use your skills section to summarize your relevant job skills. Place the most important skills on top of the list since employers rarely make it through your entire resume—at least not on a first glance. You don't need to be redundant—if you are listing something in your work experience too, only iterate it in the skills section if it is particularly important to draw attention to it.
The work experience section should reflect your history from present to past; you can include as many jobs as fit within the 2-3 pages. For each job, list the position you held, the name of the company, and the dates. There is no need to put contact information for the companies or references down at this point. Then list the duties you performed on the job as well as what you actually did on the job. If you went above and beyond the call of duty, achieved something special, or earned recognition for your work, list all of that information here.
And that's really all there is to it.
Make unique resumes for every job you apply to—you don't have to rewrite the whole resume of course, but it's good to only highlight relevant information. Generally speaking, the more succinct you are, the better. Change the Objective statement for each job you apply to so that it makes sense. You can use a free resume builder like the one on our site to make resume generation faster. You will probably want to tweak your resume after it's generated so that it is of the highest quality.